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So, you’ve got to the stage where you’ve got a finished pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio installed. It looks great, and you can sit back and relax. For the moment anyway – you should bear in mind that the seal is not going to last forever. We recommend that resealing be done every three to five years, depending on the exact materials used for the original work. Our experts are more than happy to advise you on the exact timescale for your particular installation.
In general, before you reseal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway you should make sure that your driveway is clean. It doesn’t have to be clean enough to eat your dinner off, but you should definitely give it a good clean if it is heavily soiled, or if it has stains on it such as oil.
Next up, make sure that your installation is perfectly dry before you start resealing, and is likely to be dry for a day afterwards to give the sealant a chance to properly dry and solidify. The summer months are a better bet for successful DIY resealing jobs: just keep an eye on the weather reports when you are planning your work!
In terms of what sealants to use, there are a wide variety on the market. The main choice is penetrating sealer versus surface sealer. The former penetrates below the concrete’s surface to form a hydrophobic barrier against water and ice, and doesn’t affect the surface texture, whereas the latter forms a gloss over the surface. Penetrating sealers probably last longer and are a good choice if you don’t want to affect the look of the concrete. Alternatively, you might be looking for the glossy look a surface sealer will create.
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15th September 2011